The news media should be beholden to the public, reporting on the stories that audiences are asking about — not to the politicians and their list of demands about what does and doesn’t get reported. Senator Mitch McConnell seems to hope that reporters will forget that duty, under enough pressure.
By now, most of America has heard about the leak — a draft of a SCOTUS opinion was released, making it clear that the court is planning, or at least was proposing at the time of the draft, to overrule the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, essentially eliminating the right to privacy in healthcare matters like abortion. The court has confirmed that the document is authentic, though they’re being cagey about how much it reflects the final decision.
Knowing that it is a real draft, the next question to rise is where this goes from here. Assuming the Supreme Court rules as the draft suggests, states will be able to outlaw abortion — but will a Federal abortion ban follow? Or perhaps Democrats will finally be spurred to take Congressional action to protect this sacred right?
Watch below as Mitch McConnell tries to tell reporters that his party’s next move to deny pregnant people the right to choose isn’t the story, and demands that the focus remains on the leak.
REPORTER: If Roe is struck down, do you see a need for federal abortion restriction legislation in Congress?
MCCONNELL: …You need, it seems to me, excuse the lecture, to concentrate on what the news is today: Not a leaked draft, but the fact that the draft was leaked. pic.twitter.com/0wGQ94GgZA
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 3, 2022
For McConnell, the real story might be in the leak. For well over half a million pregnant people per year (CDC stats here) the relevant question is whether they’ll have access to lifesaving healthcare options in the event of an unwanted pregnancy.
McConnell seems to think his opinion overrules all of theirs — which also echoes anti-choice legislation, since Pew Research polls show that a majority of Americans also want abortion to be legal.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com